The “Wash Off” in this product’s name is appropriate because this isn’t a self-tanner. Instead, this is a bronzing lotion with cosmetic coloring agents that provide immediate color, which washes off when you use your cleanser.
Although this produces an attractive bronze color with a shiny (glow) finish, we do not recommend it because it contains fragrance chemicals. These ingredients have no benefit for your skin, but they do contribute to irritation that leads to collagen breakdown, causes dryness, and impairs your skin’s healing process.
Many brands offer tinted self-tanners and bronzing lotions that omit these problematic ingredients, so there’s no need to settle for one that contains them. Please see our list of Best Bronzing Powders, Gels, and Liquids for great options!
This hydrating body lotion delivers a beautiful instant, natural-looking tan that washes off with soap and water. Free from tanning agent, the lotion is non-transferable so you can tan and go.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Caramel, Glycereth-26, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate, Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Mica, Fragrance, Sorbitan Oleate, Opuntia Streptacantha (Cactus) Stem Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Iron Oxides, Yellow 6, Red 40, Blue 1
St. Tropez (pronounced "Saint Tro-pay") claims first and foremost to be all about getting a safe, sexy tan from self-tanners, but loading up your skin with fragrance that causes irritation runs a close second!
It isn't often that we rate self-tanning products poorly; after all, the vast majority of them use the same one or two ingredients (dihydroxyacetone and/or erythrulose) to turn your skin tan. And, most of them are formulated in pleasant, although basic, lotion, cream, gel, or liquid (aerosol) bases to make application smooth. Generally, the formulations of self-tanning products are a minor detail; much more important is your technique in applying it.
We rate almost all of St. Tropez's self-tanning options poorly because they contain numerous fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. Examples of such ingredients are eugenol, citral, linalool, and limonene.
If a leave-on product contains only one or two of these fragrance chemicals and only low amounts, it's not a deal-breaker for your skin, but when several of them are present, even in low amounts, the combination can add up to an incredibly irritating product that hurts your skin.
What kind of hurt? Daily, chronic irritation from the litany of fragrance chemicals in these St. Tropez products can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
Given that this group of products is unusually expensive and that it puts your skin at risk of irritation: Why bother? Besides, there are hundreds of self-tanners and bronzers that do not contain these problematic ingredients—so you can enjoy a sunless tan knowing that you're continuing to take the best possible care of your skin!
For more information about St. Tropez, call (800) 366-6383 or visit www.sttropeztan.com.